Programs & Events Calendar

All programs and events are held at the New Hampshire Historical Society's headquarters building, located at 30 Park Street, Concord, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, September 22, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Member Tour: John Hay, The Fells, and Lake Sunapee

Join us for a special day at John Hay’s historic New Hampshire estate, The Fells, overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee. Lincoln’s private secretary during the Civil War and a respected diplomat and journalist, Hay used The Fells as a retreat in the late 1800s. This daylong excursion will include tours of the house and gardens, lunch, and a talk by historian Philip McFarland about his recently published book, John Hay, Friend of Giants: The Man and Life Connecting Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Theodore Roosevelt. The registration fee is $100 per person for New Hampshire Historical Society members; $150 per person for nonmembers, which includes a one-year Society membership. Register online at Eventbrite.com (search for “The Fells Tour”); complete and mail the registration form, or call 603-856-0621.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

The New Hampshire Historical Society is once again participating in Museum Day Live, an annual celebration organized by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket. Tickets are available through Smithsonian magazine and provide free admission for two people. For more information visit Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2 p.m.
Collection Highlights Talk: Brown Paper Company

Beginning as a modest sawmill located on the Androscoggin River in Berlin, the Brown Paper Company would grow to become one of the largest and most advanced paper and pulp manufacturers in the world. In 2009 and 2010, Fraser Paper Company, the last remnant of Brown’s Berlin operations, donated the company records to the New Hampshire Historical Society. Those records, which span the years 1871 to 1996, reveal the inner workings of a dynamic company that created the first research and development department in the industry and later survived two world wars and bankruptcy. This talk will be presented by New Hampshire Historical Society volunteer John Rule, a retired engineer who has served as archivist for the Society's Brown Company collection since 2010. Collection Highlights Talks are included in the price of admission to the Society. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1 to 4 p.m.
Workshop: Researching Veteran Ancestors

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors, but how do we learn more about their service? In this workshop, David Allen Lambert of the New England Historic Genealogical Society will provide tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in the American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost for this workshop is $35 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society and $50 for nonmembers. Register online through Eventbrite; mail the registration form with payment; or call the New Hampshire Historical Society’s Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.

Friday, October 20, 2017, at noon
Guided Gallery Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2 p.m.
Lecture: Old Man of the Mountain

On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain disintegrated and fell into Franconia Notch, resulting in the loss of an important national landmark, long the basis for the State of New Hampshire’s official emblem. For nearly 200 years people pondered how the rock profile formed and remained in place, strove to secure and preserve it, and attempted to explain its natural and unmistakably “human” profile. In this lecture, geologist Brian Fowler, former president of the Mount Washington Observatory, traces the Old Man’s geologic and human history between the discovery of the phenomenon in 1805 and its disappearance in 2003. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: The First Amendment in Public Schools
Location: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince Street, Concord, NH

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education hosts an evening focusing on the U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969). In 1965, three students at a Des Moines public school were suspended for wearing black arm bands in protest of the Vietnam War, which violated school policy. In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protection of free speech applies to public schools and their students, with the majority opinion stating that school officials must have a more compelling reason to censor speech than the avoidance of controversial subjects. This event will feature two of the original parties to the lawsuit, Mary Beth and John Tinker of the Student Press Law Center, along with Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey (the plaintiff in a subsequent First Amendment case involving student rights) , and legal scholar David Hudson from the Vanderbilt Law School. This event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve seats, visit Eventbrite.com.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshop: Local History NH!

Presented in conjunction with the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, this daylong workshop will cover such issues as managing collections, working collaboratively with other local historical societies, using social media, and fundraising. Registration information will be available online and mailed to local historical societies and libraries in September.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Veterans Day Holiday

The New Hampshire Historical Society will be closed all day in observance of the federal holiday. We will be open on Saturday, November 11, with special programming presented in honor of Veterans Day.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Exhibition: Making the World Safe for Democracy: Posters of the Great War in New Hampshire

A new exhibition of World War I posters, drawn from the New Hampshire Historical Society’s collections, explores the use of this popular art form to shape public opinion and mobilize American citizens to fight a distant war. With powerful images and a few well-chosen words, these posters urged people to purchase liberty bonds; conserve food and raw materials; extend aid to those who suffered the war’s devastation; and enlist in the army, navy, and Red Cross. They also shaped people’s views about American ideals and defined a new patriotism that would characterize the American spirit for decades to come. The exhibition will be on view until October 2019.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2 p.m.
Lecture: New Hampshire at War

Covering all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present, this lecture focuses on New Hampshire’s contributions to the war efforts and famous residents who participated in the conflicts. Delivered by Sue Kelly, one of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s museum educators, the 45-minute lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the Citizen Soldier section of the Discovering New Hampshire exhibition. This lecture is included in the price of admission to the Society.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Friday, November 17, 2017, at noon
Guided Gallery Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day Holiday

The New Hampshire Historical Society will be closed all day, Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving. The Society will be open its regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Presentation: Genealogy Research at the New Hampshire Historical Society
Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894

The New Hampshire Historical Society holds a wealth of unique resources related to New Hampshire and New England to support your research into your family history. From printed and unpublished family histories and church records to rare, one-of-a-kind manuscripts, the valuable collections at the New Hampshire Historical Society are sure to have information you will not find anywhere else. Learn about how to use different types of printed sources and where to look for the information you need. Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just starting out, come find out about what you can discover at the New Hampshire Historical Society. This presentation will be led by the Society’s Library Director Sarah Galligan. Sponsored by the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group. There is no charge for this program.